The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy

The Farming First coalition has launched an animated video called “The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy”, which highlights how agriculture can help build a global green economy, including increased food production, more efficient water use, improved livelihoods and increased resources to benefit women and smallholder farmers.

A transition to a green economy is fundamental for addressing sustainable development. With a predicted 9 billion people by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by 70 per cent to meet new demands for food, feed, fuel and fibre. Agriculture can play a key role in helping to achieve the triple goals of a secure food supply, poverty reduction through improved rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability through reduced carbon footprint of production and climate change adaptation.

Climate change is threatening global agricultural production and therefore the livelihoods and food security of billions of people. As agriculture accounts for up to 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it’s important to increase agricultural productivity in a way that is sustainable and resilient to climate change.

Farmers are key to a green economy. Together we must help farmers share knowledge and have access to the training and inputs they need to sustainably improve the quantity, quality and diversity of the crops they grow. We must help them mitigate and adapt to climate change to keep soil fertile and to tackle pests. To help reduce food waste, farmers also need better access to markets to get supplies and information and to sell their surplus crops more reliably and affordably.

Read more about the green economy on Farming First’s website: http://www.farmingfirst.org/green-economy/

Farming First is a global coalition representing the world’s scientist, engineers and industry as well as more than 100 farmers’ associations and agricultural development organisations. Farming First calls for a broad-based, knowledge-centred approach to increase agricultural output in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.